Newton Food Drive BREAKFAST FOODS for our Newton Food Pantries

This message came from the City of Newton;

Join us at City Hall on Monday, December 31st from 10 – 10:30 to help sort the food with the Mayor!

Please help our neighbors facing food insecurity.  Newton’s four food pantries provide meals for more than 1,800 people each month, and they need everyone’s help to keep up with the growing need right here in Newton. 

 Donate to the Newton Food Drive—the four pantries are asking for breakfast foods including cereal, granola, oatmeal, energy and granola bars, non-perishable milk boxes, coffee, tea, and peanut butter.  (Sorry, no open or expired food can be accepted.)

Donations will be collected from Monday December 3 through Thursday December 27 at City Hall and more than 30 other locations across Newton.  A complete list of the sites can be found HERE

 Bring extra donations and help us sort the donated food on Monday, December 31st from 10 – 10:30 am in the War Memorial at City Hall.  We need help from everyone, from youngsters to seniors.  Plus, we’ll have craft making, face painting, and refreshments for the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Open House until noon. 

City of Newton: Newton Power Choice Contract is Signed!

LWVN received this press release from the City of Newton:

The City of Newton today signed an historic contract for all of the City’s electricity customers that is 60 percent from local renewable sources such as solar and wind, significantly reducing the City’s carbon footprint while also cutting the price customers pay.

This is an additional 46 percent above the state mandate for renewables.

Today’s decision makes Newton the community with far and away the highest percentage of additional local renewable electricity of any municipal aggregation program in Massachusetts. Of the 40 cities and towns with municipal aggregation programs that provide electricity from renewable energy sources above the amount mandated by state law, none provide an amount of local renewable electricity comparable to the 60% in Newton Power Choice. The closest is Brookline which will be at 39% in 2019, which includes the 14% state mandate.

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Zoning Redesign Ward Meetings–Dates and Times

This fall and winter Newton City Councilors are working with staff to organize Ward-by-Ward meetings where members of the community will be invited to review the first draft of the Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map, and provide comment.

From November 2018 – March 2019 we will hold one meeting in each of Newton’s eight wards. Each event will start with a short presentation about the framework of the first draft zoning ordinance and a brief history and purpose of the Zoning Redesign project. Attendees will be able to see the proposed zoning map for their ward up close and understand what the zoning could be for their property and other properties in the ward.

Finally, staff will meet with small groups to explain the proposed rules and building types for each zone, and answer questions about what these rules could mean for property owners and the neighborhoods themselves.

Everyone is invited and welcome to review the first draft Zoning Ordinance, first draft Map, and explanatory memo to City Council online ahead of their ward meeting.

Ward 5:  Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Angier School, 1697 Beacon St.

Ward 7:  Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.,The Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill

Ward-by-Ward Meetings in 2019

Locations to be announced; Specific times may change

  • Ward 1:   Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ward 2:  Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ward 3:  Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ward 4:  To Be Announced
  • Ward 6:  Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ward 8:  Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


Washington Street Vision Document is ready for comments!

From Marcia Johnson and Tamara Bliss, Washington Street Community Connectors:

Dear Community Friends & Neighbors,

Now that Standard Time is here, the days are getting shorter and temperatures are dropping, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend some time reading the Washington Street Vision Document which is now ready for review and comment.  We think you’ll find it quite interesting and informative!  The great part is that you can enter your own comments and read those of others.

To get started, just use the link Washington Street Vision Document.  Please be patient as these are large documents and can take a few moments to open

We have now started a month-long public comment period, which will close Sunday December 2nd, 2018.  Therefore it is critical for everyone to read and comment on as much of the content as possible before the comment period closes.

Thank you for your continued support for diverse housing and a smart approach to transportation that enables everyone to live, work, and play here in Newton and the surrounding communities.

Thursday Topic Meeting on Newton Power Choice

What is Newton Power Choice and How Can you Impact the City’s Decisions About Your Energy Sources?  Come learn with LWVN! 

The City of Newton is developing a new electricity program, called Newton Power Choice.  It will increase the amount of renewable energy in your electricity supply.  How much renewable energy do you think the City should include in its energy contracts?  And how much would you be willing to pay for cleaner energy?

 Join members of the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) on Thursday, November 15th from 8:00 am – 9:30 am at the Durant-Kenrick House (286 Waverley Ave, Newton) as we hear about this electricity aggregation program and the impact it will have on our community’s efforts to address climate change.  RSVPs to are appreciated!

For more information on Newton Power Choice, go to

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